It seems as if Google isn’t the only ones with the idea of multimedia glasses. While Google has been publicly engineering their Project Glass for a couple of years now, Olympus actually spend the past 7 years quietly designing and creating the MEG4.0. Unlike Google Glasses, the MEG4.0 isn’t a standalone structure and needs your personal glasses to hang on. The weight of the MEG4.0 is less that 30 grams total, thus it shouldn’t feel heavy while using it.
The QVGA (320 x 240) display can connect to devices through Bluetooth 2.1, with Olympus pointing to a smartphone hook-up to provide both the processing power and internet connectivity, much like Google Glasses. While Olympus themselves have yet to announce availability dates nor a price set, they did reveal some information about it during their official press release that you can check out after the break. Read more
If you have already seen Google’s keynote on this years Google IO 2012, then you are well aware of the grand entrance Google provided on one of their latest and most compelling projects, Google Glasses. Google’s co-founder, Sergey Brin, introduced Google Glasses to us with a bang by using multiple skydivers, BMX bicyclists, and wall repellers to give a small preview of what Google Glasses is capable of. After the introduction, Brin informed us that the product will be available early next year to Google IO 2012 attendees via pre-order for a hefty price of $1500.
Google really wants to get these prototypes out to developers so that they can get as much user feedback as possible in time for a world-wide consumer release by the year 2014. Brin wants to take this project to the next level and has a much larger vision on what these Glasses will be capable of doing by the time they’re ready for mass release. I truly feel the demo Google showed us on this years I/O is just the tip of the iceberg on what Google Glasses could ultimately become.
What do you all think about this project Google has been working on now for over 2 years? Do you think they’re wasting their time with this or do you feel like this could really be something that an every day average person could use? Let us know in the comments section! You can also hit up the source link for a quick video on Google Glasses.
A few weeks ago Sergey Brin was on the Gavin Newsom Show showing off his Project Glass prototype. If you remember, he was using a physical trackpad for navigation. Well Google just received a patent on it.
They actually call it a finger-tracking input sensor and here is how they describe it:
Google Glasses made another appearance, but this time it wasn’t Sergey Brin showing them off, it was California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. Sergey Brin and his wife, Anne Wojcicki appeared on The Gavin Newsom Show on May 23 to talk about his work at Google X labs. He also let the Governor try them out and Wired recently interviewed Newsom to find out what he thought.
“You can easily forget you have them on, and sense the capacity of use in the future,” Newsom told Wired, adding the headset felt incredibly light, comfortable and inconspicuous on his head. Newsom was also impressed with the image quality as it was “remarkably clear.”
Google Glasses or Project Glass might just be the most anticipated new technology at the moment. We’ve reported on a few patents that are related to it, and the latest one (filed March 14, 2011) involves augmenting a field of view. What does this mean you ask? Well Google realizes the field of view for a human is 180 degrees. Not only that the human brain is unable or at least most of the time isn’t able to process all objects (and features) within this view. This means that when looking at monuments, buildings, or other objects, a person could miss out on other objects that could be of interest. This goes for both what is in the person’s field of view and of course outside their field of view, and therefore, this is what augmenting a field of view represents.
As with all things new, exciting, and innovative it’s wise to protect your new creation via the
much-loved, needs-to-be-revamped patent system. Google is doing just that with its Project Glass glasses that are in the works. Apparently there is enough packed into these glasses to make Google wary if imitators and a patent would surely help in preventing others from copying their looks. Plus it could gear Google up for yet another lawsuit down the road should Apple decide to come out with a pair of tech-filled glasses of their own. While we have yet to see an exact release date one thing this shows is that the project seems to be moving right along.
Hit the sources to check out these patents in detail.
source: USPTO 1, USPTO 2, USPTO 3
We know that they’re coming and that they may even become available by the year’s end, but we have yet to get a glimpse of them. Not to disappoint you, but that last bit still holds true. However, check this out. It’s the Lumus OE-31 and it just may be the same tech to grace the yet to be unveiled Google Glasses. The OE-31 is an add on image layer touting a 640×360 resolution. Check out these videos to see it in action, and from a first person perspective too! Read more
Yes, Leo Laporte, they’re real after all. What was once thought to be a joke is now a reality thanks to Google. The company’s HUD Glasses will be launching some time before year’s end and will most likely go for somewhere between $250-$600 bucks. The New York Times broke the news earlier today and we’re all finally about to see some of the benefits of augmented reality. You’ll be able to see all kinds of information around you such as historical facts, tons of POI’s and maybe even deals for respective establishments in the area. However, I’m not sure if I could justify paying the price of what a general smartphone goes for but we’re sure there are some pretty “all-in” techies that will jump at the chance to snag a pair of these. The devices will have an integrated camera, motion sensors, GPS and 3G/4G connectivity. We’re sure it will be running some version or form of Android but not sure exactly how the OS will be integrated. In any event, who wouldn’t want to read their text messages and emails on the fly across a pair of cool shades without ever having to pull your device out of your pocket? Yes please. Anyway, feel free to let us know what you think of them in the comments below. Do you think this is something you might be willing to fork over some good cheddar for?
source: New York Times